In the last year, libraries and schools around the nation have seen an increase in book challenges and bannings. While many of these issues play out in school boards and in the legislature, many of you may be wondering what you can do to help. A group of library advocates and leaders from the Virginia Library Association have created this zoom series for August, September and October (in addition to an in-person session at the VLA Conference in Norfolk). Please register for each session individually.

Protecting the Freedom to Read: How to Communicate When Stakes are High
August 10, 12pm-1pm
Are you concerned about the attacks on the freedom to read, and want to learn how to fight against them? VLA is hosting a three-part webinar series, along with an in-person session at the VLA Conference in October, that will walk you through the history of book banning in Virginia, how to stay on top of book banning efforts, and what actions you can take to stand for freedom. These sessions will be recorded.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfu-prTIvE9d74_-3ehToIYElKYLf0HXA
Presenters:
Olivia Hasan, Children's Librarian, Hampton Public Library
Shari Henry, Director Strategic Initiatives, Urban Libraries Council

Protecting the Freedom to Read: More than “Beloved”: A Brief History of Book Banning in Virginia
September 14, 12pm-1pm
Are you concerned about the attacks on the freedom to read, and want to learn how to fight against them? VLA is hosting a three-part webinar series, along with an in-person session at the VLA Conference in October, that will walk you through the history of book banning in Virginia, how to stay on top of book banning efforts, and what actions you can take to stand for freedom. These sessions will be recorded.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctf-GgqjMjE9clbHesMWEh7VUTayPSUnfP
Presenters:
Keith Weimer, Librarian for History and Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Lisa Varga, Executive Director, Virginia Library Association
Shari Henry, Director Strategic Initiatives, Urban Libraries Council

Protecting the Freedom to Read: How to Keep Up: Tracking Legislation and Elected Officials
October 12, 12pm-1pm
Are you concerned about the attacks on the freedom to read, and want to learn how to fight against them? VLA is hosting a three-part webinar series, along with an in-person session at the VLA Conference in October, that will walk you through the history of book banning in Virginia, how to stay on top of book banning efforts, and what actions you can take to stand for freedom. These sessions will be recorded.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcOmrrzouGdKa2rLGExUI6oyzLQoyVP0-
Presenters:
Christina Harris, Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Mary Baldwin University
Zach Elder, Deputy Director, Chesapeake Public Library
Shari Henry, Director Strategic Initiatives, Urban Libraries Council